Smith makes flying start to new season
Jonah Smith got the 2012 Correia Construction Motocross season off with a bang at Southside at the weekend.
The 14-year-old Berkeley Institute student claimed an impressive two firsts and a third in the 250cc four-stroke ‘B’ Class to let his intentions be known to all of his rivals.
Smith’s outstanding performance belied his tender years and earned the admiration of all those who witnessed his superb racing exploits at the newly re-laid race track.
It was the first time a teenager has dominated the premier class at Southside.
“Jonah totally dominated the first two races to finish the day tied with Shakir Smith for first place in the points standings,” said Bermuda Motocross Club (BMC) president Jonathan Trott. “This young cat at 14 years of age totally dominated and it was just amazing to see this.”
Smith has been involved in the sport since the age of four.
“This kid really has some potential,” Trott added. “It seems as though the young cats are really turning up the heat.”
Smith also had a win in the 250cc four stroke ‘B’ Class during last weekend’s season opener.
Completing a hat -trick of wins on the day were 50cc Class rider Zano Tucker, Over 30s rider Ben Zoellner and Pee Wee rider Keegan Jones respectively.
Kai-Jun Simons (65cc), Otis Ingham (450cc), Kenneth Mathie (250cc C Class) and Zamair Darrell (85cc) were among the day’s double race winners.
The evergreen Ingham also had an impressive three seconds in the Over 30s Class.
Among the day’s fiercest races was the battle between Darrell and Tyquonn Perinchief in the 85cc Class that kept race fans on the edge of their seats.
“The spectators saw some really exciting and great racing,” Trott said. “The day was very hectic but the overall it was a great day of racing.”
Trott said riders found the re-laid race track very challenging.
“It was very challenging to most of them because it’s a very deceiving track,” he added. “It doesn’t have big jumps but to be able to execute the turns and things like that you are neither up or down on the track. You have to stand up and corner and it is quite physically demanding on a lot of the riders.”
Trott said the warmer conditions on race day also took its toll on the competitors.
“The temperature took a toll on some of them, but I think they have figured out what they need to do to get themselves in shape for the season,” he added. “Despite the temperature I think most of the riders enjoyed the day.”
Motocross racing resumes at Southside on April 29, beginning at 1pm.